New Ashland Planning and Zoning Commission chairman Ernie Wren says that he anticipates more and more growth in town….and issues that come with that growth.

Ernie Wren

Ernie Wren

Wren, 54, was nominated and approved by fellow board members at the November P&Z meeting.

“I have been a longtime resident and seen the tremendous growth in our community,” Wren said. “I think it’s vital that our future growth is ‘smart growth’ and I wanted to be a part of planning out a future for that growth.”

Wren said he thinks development will be necessary and a constant in Ashland, but wants the City of Ashland – P&Z as well as the Board of Aldermen – to have guidelines for consistency.

“We need to have a layout of where we want to go that will provide that consistency,” Wren said.

The Ashland P&Z currently has six members, but can have as many as 15.

“I would like to encourage people to get involved to see if they can bring something to the table,” Wren said of community involvement. “Jaren Bryan is the newest member of the board and he has building and engineering experience, but construction knowledge is not required. Jeff Sapp is on the board and he is an electrician who works with building codes. We need different people to bring different abilities to the table.”

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By Bruce Wallace